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7 best things to do in Denver this weekend

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 11:49:14-05

Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Ok, so we know you have plans for Sunday, but there are some fun things happening earlier in the weekend to keep you busy.  Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend.  

Thursday - Sunday

Ruby Hill Rail Yard

What: Why fight I-70 traffic when you can ski and ride for free here in town?  The Ruby Hill Rail Yard is open for a 10th season.  This popular urban terrain park is equipped with several rails and boxes great for all ability levels. Free rental equipment for youth ages 8 to 17 is also available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, provided courtesy of Christy Sports. Check website for equipment hours.  And don’t forget to wear your helmet!

Where: Ruby Hill Rail Yard, at W. Florida Avenue and S. Platte River Drive, Denver, Colo.

When: Daily: Dawn to 9 p.m.  (Open through late February, weather permitting)

Admission: Free

More Information: winterparkresort.com

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Friday - Sunday

Rocky Mountain Mardi Gras in Parker

What: Mardi Gras falls early this year, and you can start your celebration in downtown Parker this weekend.  This 3-day event kicks off with a scavenger hunt and pub crawl on Friday.  The party continues into Saturday with what organizers hope to become the largest Marching Sidewalk Band in the state.  Be sure to pop into local restaurants for some Cajun food throughout the weekend.  

Where: Various locations along Mainstreet, Parker, Colo. (Check website for details)

When: Friday and Saturday events start at 4 p.m.; Sunday events start at 11 a.m.

Admission: Free (Ticketed event Saturday night. Restaurant reservations recommended.)

More Information: mardigrasparker.com

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Friday

Four Mile Historic Park Free Day

What: It’s a free day at the Four Mile Historic Park.  You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time as you wander this 1859 farm.  Pan for gold, meet the farm animals and more.   You can enjoy free admission at this Denver landmark on the first Friday of each month. 

Where:  Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest Street, Denver, Colo.

When: Friday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: fourmilepark.org

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Saturday

Burn Awareness Day at Denver Firefighters Museum

What: Keep your family safe and get educated about fire safety.  Free admission all day, includes fire safety activities, the Denver Fire Department’s Fire Safety Trailer, and your chance to talk with real firefighters.   

Where: Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Admission: Free

More Information: denverfirefightersmuseum.org

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Saturday

Free Day at Denver Art Museum

What:  Enjoy free admission to the Denver Art Museum with full access to the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions.  Plus family friendly activities including live artists painting and special giveaways. 

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colo.

When: Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: denverartmuseum.org

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Saturday

Arvada’s Chocolate Affair

What: It’s a chocolate-lover’s paradise!  Sinful, tasty delights will be available to sample at various locations in Olde Town. And the little chocolate lovers can also enjoy face painting and balloon animals at the Arvada Library.  It’s all things chocolate this Saturday. 

Where: Various locations, around Historic Olde Town Arvada, Colo. (Check website for details)

When: Saturday: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission: Tasting tickets: $1/each

More Information: oldetownarvada.org

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Sunday

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Free Day

What: Enjoy a free day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  Fees still apply for IMAX, Planetarium and temporary exhibitions.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colo.

When: Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Admission: Free

More Information: dmns.org

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